Summer dinners are packed with plenty of grilled mains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinks that are equal parts delicious and cooling. When creating a menu for a backyard feast with friends, a picnic, or a family dinner, we say there’s nothing wrong with playing the hits: To that end, we’ve rounded up the seasonal recipes that you, our readers, love most; that means there’s a very good chance that your loved ones will adore them, too.
Our Easy Lobster Rolls are the perfect example. Fill pull-apart dinner rolls (like King’s Hawaiian Sweet or Martin’s) with cooked lobster meat for a simple and tasty appetizer that your loved ones can snack on. You can also put a seasonal twist on a year-round favorite, like lasagna; our no-bake recipe is perfect for summer since it swaps the canned tomatoes for fresh and adds zucchini. Perhaps best of all, this must-try dinner dish comes together in just 25 minutes.
Looking for a drink to add to your dinner menu? We’ve got cocktail and mocktail options that our readers love so much. Our Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler, which pairs seedless watermelon and English cucumber with honey, ice, and lime juice, can be easily made as a nonalcoholic drink by leaving out the final ingredient. Complete your summer celebration with dessert that will please any palate. Strawberry Cake can satisfy any sweet tooth thanks its buttery-vanilla batter that holds a pound of strawberries baked inside. If you want to prepare something that doesn’t require the use of an oven, you can serve a no-bake treat like No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake. Once it’s prepped, you’ll leave it to chill in the refrigerator until it’s ready for serving.